Thousands attend funeral of elderly victim

Long-term agitation plan will be devised soon

Srinagar—Thousands of people participated in the funeral procession of an elderly man, who succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Srinagar, Thursday.
The funeral of 75-year old Ghulam Mohammad Khan was offered at Elahi Bagh in Srinagar. He was hit by a teargas shell fired by Indian forces in Srinagar on November 2. People chanted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans on the occasion. Pakistani flag was also hoisted on the occasion. Clashes between mourners and Indian forces also took place on the occasion. With his death, the civilian toll at the hands of Indian forces has gone up to 114 during the past over four months of uprising.
The Chairman of Hurriyet forum Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyet leaders including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Muhammad Abdullah Tari, Zamrooda Habib, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Mohammad Iqbal Mir, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi and Ghulam Nabi War in their separate statements denounced the killing. A Hurriyet delegation visited the native town of Gulam Muhammad Khan in Srinagar and participated in his last rituals.
The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said that people of Kashmir had won a moral victory by refusing to yield to Indian oppression during the past 132 days of uprising. In view of people of Kashmir’s deep thirst for freedom, the leaders added, a plan would be worked out for sustainable modes of protest. They said that the current struggle had taken the movement forward by opening out the possibilities and the scope of the struggle. The leaders maintained that the road had got cleared, and they had moved closer to their goal, as the final victory was not far away.
Other pro-freedom leaders and organizations including Mohammad Azam Inqilabi, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Tehreek-e-Hurriyet, Young Men’s League and Peerwan-e-Wilayat in their statements said that India could not enslave Kashmiris by the dint for force for a long time.
Pro-India National Conference Patron, Dr Farooq Abdullah addressing party workers in Srinagar said that Kashmir was neither, nor will be an integral part of India. He said that the young generation of Kashmir knew what India did in Kashmir which was why they were on roads for freedom.—KMS

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